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Illinois DNR suspects bird flu in deaths of 300 waterfowl

Nov. 30, 2022 15:41 PM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife officials suspect that bird flu killed at least 300 waterfowl recently found dead at public hunting sites across southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the wild birds, mostly snow geese, have been found...

UK royals travel to Boston with eye on environment prize

Nov. 30, 2022 15:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The first overseas trip by the Prince and Princess of Wales since the death of Queen Elizabeth II began Wednesday, an occasion to show the world as much about who they are not as who they are. With their three-day visit to Boston, focused on Prince William’s...

Amazon deforestation in Brazil remains near 15-year high

Nov. 30, 2022 15:08 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon slowed slightly last year, a year after a 15-year high, according to closely watched numbers published Wednesday. The data was released by the National Institute for Space Research. The agency’s Prodes monitoring system...

Volcano knocks Mauna Loa carbon monitoring station offline

Nov. 30, 2022 15:02 PM EST

The eruption of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano has temporarily knocked off power to the world’s premier station that measures heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but officials Wednesday say it won’t be a problem. There are hundreds of other carbon dioxide monitoring sites...

US officials say 2 more places will test sewage for polio

Nov. 30, 2022 13:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia and Oakland County, Michigan, are joining the small list of U.S. localities that are looking for signs of polio infections in sewage, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the communities will test for...

EU climate chief defends plans for 'carbon farming'

Nov. 30, 2022 12:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's top climate official on Wednesday dismissed criticism from environmental groups over its proposal to incorporate carbon removal methods into its climate plans, insisting the plan won't undermine the bloc's efforts to tackle global warming. Dozens...

EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes

Nov. 30, 2022 11:58 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed Wednesday to set up a U.N.-backed court to investigate possible war crimes Russia committed in Ukraine, and to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild the war-torn country. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a video...

Lava from Hawaii volcano lights night sky amid warnings

Nov. 30, 2022 11:03 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Waves of orange, glowing lava and ash blasted and billowed from the world’s largest active volcano in its first eruption in 38 years, and officials told people living on Hawaii’s Big Island to be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario. The...

The AP Interview: IMF head urges China to end mass lockdowns

Nov. 30, 2022 10:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — It is time for China to move away from massive lockdowns and toward a more targeted approach to COVID-19, the head of the International Monetary Fund said days after widespread protests broke out, a change that would ease the impact to a world economy already struggling with high...

German government mulls stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT

Nov. 30, 2022 09:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it is considering taking a stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT, which has a large footprint in Germany. Germany already has a minority stake in rival grid operator 50 Hertz, via the state-owned investment bank KfW, and Economy...